Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Focusing More On My Career and Less On Numbers

Career focus


I'll admit it, I got frustrated with the lack of traffic and gave up on the blogging challenge.  After sulking for a few days I decided to focus less on the numbers and focus more on a career.

I signed up with the Social Media Manager School.  I'm in the second week and loving it.  There is so much material to learn.  I am kicking myself for not doing this a few years ago.  I've also been busy reviewing products for my two blogs The Elements of Review and Beauty, Fitness & Health...Oh My!.

The best thing to happen was that two articles I submitted to Midlife Boulevard where published.  Check them out right here!

Just a quick update to let you know that I haven't abandoned this blog, just switched course.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Update For This Week-Blogging Challenge Day 8

Well if you're reading my blog you know that I'm doing a 30 day challenge. 30 blog posts in 30 days.  I wanted to quit a few days in because it feels like I'm talking to myself, but I love a good challenge and will continue on. 

I'm still taking classes online with CreativeLive and Skillshare.  I really enjoy the photography classes.  I've been attempting to take more photos of just about everything.  Here are a few I've taken this week.

This is a tree in the back of our new house

Blog post picture for one of my other blogs
My son with his hands shaped like a heart
My workout area in my bedroom. It's a little messy, but I think this is my favorite.

Monday, March 23, 2015

What is Your Theme Song?! Blogging Challenge Day 7




It's a manic Monday so this blog post will be a quick one. Still counts though! LOL  I love the little quizzes on Facebook.  I have had theme songs in my life. Basically my theme song is the song I feel describes me best at that time in my life. When  I was a teenager it was Left of Center by Suzanne Vega. The song is from the Pretty In Pink soundtrack.  For years my theme song has been Overkill by Men At Work. Yes, I love 80s music. 

So I completed a quiz on Facebook recently. It was called What Song Sums Up Your Entire Life? Not just a particular point in your life. And the answer was!

Your song is:

"Hey Jude"

You're a smart, cultured, unconventional individual, but you're also humble. You're highly respected in your circle and people genuinely love you for your quirks and all. You can be very playful but your brain is full of knowledge and wit. You're fascinating in every way possible and people feel really lucky to be considered your friend!


I think this describes me perfectly. How about you?! Take the quiz here and tell me what song sums up your entire life? Or is there a song you've always considered your theme song?!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Manifesting True Success-Blogging Challenge Day 6

Heart
Love

 

Yes, it can be scary to do what you love. 

When I first typed this sentence, I stared at it for a long time. I have that feeling every day. Every day when I sit down to write a blog post, take a picture, review a product and connect with others on social media, I think to myself I'm doing what I love, but will I ever make a career of it?! Am I wasting my time doing what makes me happy?! Will I ever be a success?!


Manifesting True Success Through Meditation 

I'm doing a meditation program with Deepak Chopra and Oprah.  It's a 21 day meditation program called Manifesting True Success. Doing these meditations every day will give me the power to  stop doubting myself and discover the greatness within me. I started late with the program, so I'm only on day 3. Here's what people are saying about the meditation program.





 Let me know if you are taking the meditation program. What do you think of it?! Does meditation help you in your daily life?!  Please let me know in the comments below.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Blogging Challenge Day 5: The Beauty Outside Our New Home

Today we visited our new home to take some measurements and just to remind us what we are buying.  I think we will be happy in the new home. I took a couple of pictures of the trees outside our home.  I'm trying to take more pictures of things that catch my eye.


tree
This tree is going to be so beautiful when it blooms!

The tree is over our deck and the sellers told us that it provides some great shade during the summer.




tree with a frog
Someone besides the sellers was there to greet us!

The sellers told us that the frog comes with the house;-) We are looking forward to moving into our new home. The last home we bought was in Chicago. When we left Chicago we said we wouldn't buy another home until we are officially settled in a city.  I guess Toronto is it!











Friday, March 20, 2015

Blogging Challenge Day 4: Failure Is An Option


Failure is an option


"Failure is a stepping-stone to greatness."-Oprah Winfrey

I don't know when I subscribed to her email list, but I've been getting emails from Oprah every day for the past couple of weeks.  These emails contain some thoughts of the day and self improvement tips.  I have heard Oprah say many times to listen to the tiny whispers and that failure are God's little whispers.

Failure Is A Prerequisite To Success

Life Coach Erica Diamond Editor-In-Chief of Women on the Fence was interviewed in an OWNShow video called Tiny Invisible Signs You Are On the Wrong Path. Here are some of her tips.  Listen to your instincts. They are the tiny whispers Oprah talks about. Use your gut along with the intellect. So many times people ignore that gut reaction when they shouldn't. And my favorite, failure is a prerequisite to success. So many of the most successful people in the world have failed many times and that just makes them stronger and more determined.

“Failure is an option, fear is not." -James Cameron

A second video that comes on immediately after the Tiny Invisible Signs Your On The Wrong Path is called Reasons People Keep Failing At Resolutions. Interviewed during this video are  TV Host Leeza Gibbons, Olympian Carmelita Jeter and Comedian Erin Darling. Each of them had some great tips for approaches to setting goals.

Writing them down month by month.

Visualize your success. Another way to say this is "Claim it!" Whenever I told my mother I wanted something, she would always say "Claim it!" Make it yours and it will happen.

Have fun and just let it go.  Don't beat yourself up when something doesn't go the way you wanted it to. I have trouble with this one.

Some tips on how to reach your goals are:

Take them week by week or day by day. Slow and steady wins the race,

Have small and realistic goals. Don't try to do too much at one time. You will be overwhelmed and will then give up.

Be patient because sometimes it will take longer than you want to get to your goal.  Another one I have a problem with. 

Failing isn't permission to give up.


I'm so glad I watched these videos.  Accomplishing your goals is definitely a process.  I have to learn how not to beat myself up, be more patient and just let go and have fun. You can watch the videos here.

Do you believe that you have to fail to succeed? Do you believe failure is an option? What steps do you take in achieving your goals? Are any of them listed here? Please leave me a comment below.  I would love to here your story.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Blogging Challenge Day 3: Is This My "Aha Moment?"

I think I this is my "Aha moment!"

I can't believe it actually happened but I submitted my first article to Midlife Boulevard. When I read the email from them saying they approved my application, I read it several times and then did the Snoopy dance. I'm already looking forward to submitting more of my work.   And then I realized that this is what I have to do to build up my brand and make myself more visible.. My "Aha moment!"





The article I submitted is from my other blog Beauty, Fitness & Health Oh My! called Living In A Decaffeinated World.  BFH was originally a blog about my weight loss journey.  Now it's about my journey through menopause and also I talk about some of my favorite products I have found along the way.  I plan to also submit post from this blog too.

Hoping that this is the beginning of a new career.  I'm liking the path I'm on now with my writing and photography.  I have been looking for more ways to express myself creatively and I think I have found it.

Have you had an "Aha moment?"  I would love to hear about it. Please feel free to leave a comment below.